Best Student Map Competition

Students study the rocks during field camp.
Abi Howe Hastillo, American Geological Institute

As part of Geologic Map Day (October 16, 2015) and Earth Science Week (October 11-17, 2015), the U.S. Geological Survey invited university-level students to enter its 2015 Best Student Geologic Map Competition. The contest will be judged at the Geological Society of America’s Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, Novemeber 1-4, 2015.

This year marks the third annual Best Student Geologic Map Competition at the GSA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. The competition will highlight student research from around the world that utilizes field mapping and the creation of geologic maps as a major component.

The top three student geologic maps will be selected for recognition and awards at a special judging session at the GSA Annual Meeting. Students will post their maps (Session Posters) on Tuesday, 3 November by 5:00 PM until 6:30 PM in the Poster Session area of the Exhibit Hall for review and evaluation by the judges. Maps may be placed in this area as early as 9 AM Tuesday, 3 November, but must be removed at 6:30 PM following the session. At the end of the session the top three maps will be selected and awarded.

Awards:

The First place student will receive the honor of constructing the Best Student Geologic Map for this year, a Certificate of Recognition signed by the sponsoring representatives, and a Brunton Compass sponsored by the AASG. The student’s name will also be added to a Best Student Geologic Map plaque that is posted at USGS Headquarters in Reston, Virginia. The first place map will also receive a limited run in the Journal of Maps.

The Second place student will receive the honor and a Certificate of Recognition signed by the sponsoring representatives along with a rock-hammer and hand lens sponsored by the AIPG.

The Third place student will receive the honor and a Certificate of Recognition signed by the sponsoring representatives along with a GSA publication (book, fieldtrip guide, or memoir) sponsored by the GSA Foundation.

In addition, all winners will receive an offer to publish their map in the Student Edition of the Journal of Maps and the opportunity to be published in the full journal.  The top three student maps will also be recognized and announced on the GSA Website, GSA Today and GSA Connection, AGI Spectrum, and the USGS Website.  

 For more information, visit the GSA website.

2014 Geologic Map Contest Winners Annouced:
First Place

Chad W. Carlson, University of Nevada, Reno.
GEOLOGIC MAPPING AT THE NORTHERN TERMINUS OF THE CENTRAL WALKER LANE, WESTERN NEVADA: KINEMATICS AND STRAIN TRANSFER MECHANISMS IN AN EVOLVING TRANSFORM PLATE BOUNDARY
Awarded a Brunton Compass from the Association of American State Geologists

 

First place winner Chad Carlson
Photos Courtesy of the Geological Society of America

 


2014 Second Place

Russel V. DiFiori, University of Nevada, Reno
STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS OF GOLD MINERALIZATION IN THE SOUTHERN EUREKA MINING DISTRICT, NEVADA: A PREDICTIVE STRUCTURAL SETTING FOR CARLIN-TYPE GOLD DEPOSITS
Awarded a rock hammer and hand lens from the American Institute of Professional Geologists

Second place winner Russel DiFiori
Photos Courtesy of the Geological Society of America

 


2014 Third Place

Joel H. Edwards, University of Nevada, Reno
STRUCTURAL CONTROLS AND PRELIMINARY GEOLOGIC MAP OF THE NEAL HOT SPRINGS GEOTHERMAL AREA, MALHEUR COUNTY, OREGON
Awarded the 125th Anniversary Volume: Special Paper 500, The Web of Geological Sciences: Advances, Impacts, Interactions from the GSA Foundation.

Third place winner Joel Edwards
Photos Courtesy of the Geological Society of America

 

In addition, all winners will receive an offer to publish their map in the Student Edition of the Journal of Maps and the opportunity to be published in the full journal.  The top three student maps will also be recognized and announced on the GSA Website, GSA Today and GSA Connection, AGI Spectrum, and the USGS Website.